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Indonesia and Canada to launch economic partnership talks

Widodo government on mission to 'create export opportunities' amid pandemic

Indonesia aims to reach an economic partnership deal with Canada, building its trade presence in the Americas. (Source photos by AP and Reuters)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia and Canada will begin negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, both countries said on Monday, as the Southeast Asian nation steps up its economic diplomacy under President Joko Widodo.

In a joint statement, they agreed to open talks covering areas including "market access, rules to facilitate trade and investment, and cooperation, taking into account each other's sensitivities and different levels of development." The first round will be held "at the earliest opportunity," they added.

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